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Stardust

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Stardust

Stardust

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
125 minutes
Wide Release Date:
08/10/07
performer:
Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller
director:
Matthew Vaughn
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

When his moviemaker brother is found dead in an apparent suicide, returning World War II GI Ben Collier rushes to investigate, quickly finding that Tinseltown’s moral landscape isn’t quite as black-and-white as its films. As Ben peels back the layers of his brother’s life, and the Cold War commences, he becomes embroiled in a world of Red scares and blacklists. Jospeh Kanon’s prose in Stardust is eminently noir, all cigarette smoke and magnesium flashbulbs, and while it sometimes veers dangerously into arch imitation, it’s a fitting appropriation, using Hollywood’s own language to examine the guilt, artifice, and paranoia that once lurked behind the gauzy close-ups of the silver screen. B+

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